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Running After Foot Surgery: What You Should Know



Now that it is springtime, many Sooners are putting on their running shoes and taking advantage of the many benefits of running. Going out for a jog or trying out interval running has many benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, weight loss, and fewer instances of depression – they don’t call it a runner’s high for nothing. However, if you’ve experienced foot surgery, you may be apprehensive to strap on your pedometer and start running. Here are some things to keep in mind if you have had foot surgery.

  • Take your time:  When you are cleared for running, which could take up to 12 months, it’s important to take it slowly. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you shouldn’t sign up for a marathon after you take your first step. Be mindful of any swelling or discomfort you experience, and don’t be discouraged if you aren’t able to run as well or as long as you used to. It takes time.
  • Wear the right shoes:  Oftentimes, after you’ve had an orthopedic procedure, you’ll be required to wear some sort of orthopedic footwear. Your podiatrist will usually recommend footwear that has higher heels, a firm heel, a wider toe box, and rubber sole for added protection. During this time, you will not be able to run. However, once your foot has healed, it’s important to get athletic footwear that will protect your feet in the same way that your orthopedic footwear does. There are many specialized footwear stores that can help you, and it might be a good idea to ask your doctor for any recommendations as well.
  • Follow your surgeon’s orders: This is the most important piece of advice I can offer you. If you’ve been sidelined because you have had foot surgery or are looking into orthopedics in Oklahoma City, it is imperative that you follow your surgeon or doctor’s orders. If they indicate that you need to wait a certain amount of time, you must do so. There’s no point in trying to get out there too early and causing more harm than good. Don’t worry. When the time has come and your foot is fully healed, you’ll be able to experience the benefits of running safely.
  • Learn how to run right: Although you may not think it, there is a science to running. You need to control your breath and land between your heel and mid-foot.